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Can you recommend a movie similar to the movies in the details?

Asked by poisonedantidote (21650points) October 20th, 2011

It’s late, it’s cold, I’m all tucked up in bed with the lights off, and need a movie to help pass along the night. I’m looking for a movie that tells a story, and is not in a rush to do so. I’m not looking for something that drags and is boring. Just a nice movie that ponders along, touching vaguely on the meaning of life, and brefily visiting some interesting emotions.

Here are some examples of the kind of movie I mean:

Forest Gump, As Good As It Gets, Man On The Moon, American Beauty, About Schmidt, and, The Man From Earth.

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Mariah's avatar

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Mexicanamerican's avatar

It’s kind of a funny story

dappled_leaves's avatar

Enchanted April.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Love Actually



Shawshank Redemption

LuckyGuy's avatar

It’s A Wonderful Life

Tell George to say “Hi” to Bert and Ernie for me.

Kayak8's avatar

@mazingerz88 Totally agree with Departures!!!!!

Would add the following:
Spitfire Grill
Ramen Girl

SpatzieLover's avatar

@worriedguy I always figured that meant Jim Henson was as much of a fan of the movie as I was ;)

tranquilsea's avatar

Mississippi Burning
A Beautiful Mind
Cast Away
Remember The Titans
The Constant Gardener
Artificial Intelligence
Pulp Fiction
October Sky
Dead Poet’s Society
The Patriot
Lord of War
The Contender
My Cousin Vinny

filmfann's avatar

Blade Runner
LA Confidential
Rear Window

bkcunningham's avatar

If you like to gamble, I suggest Oscar and Lucinda.

If you want to see an amazing and highly underrated movie,, with Holly Hunter.

mazingerz88's avatar

@johnpowell Right on dude! The fight scene at that high school hallway was really good. : )

dappled_leaves's avatar

@bkcunningham Love Oscar and Lucinda.

Mantralantis's avatar

Being Human (with Robin Williams)

Nothing too spectacular, but it will withstand the test of your time.

And I second the motion of these following above mentioned films (even if you’ve already seen them):

The Shawshank Redemption
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Love Actually
Awakenings (another R.Williams film)
A Beutiful Mind
Cast Away
October Sky
Dead Poets Society (R. Williams…again)
The Patriot
L.A. Confidential
Rear Window

…and not mentioned (I think) the film Pleasantville and The Cider House Rules.

(So…basicly almost anything with Robin Williams. And I did say almost.)

dappled_leaves's avatar

Ohhh and Truly, Madly, Deeply.

Mantralantis's avatar

Sorry for the mispelling of ‘A Beautiful Mind’. (It’s been known to happen, I think. Oh, well.)


One of my favorites is an oldie from 1949. Touches on the meaning of life. Black and white though. “Late Spring” (1949).

Buttonstc's avatar

Another oldie but goodie.


Peter Sellers at his less frantic best. Shirley McClaine. And Paddy Chayefsky is one heck of a good writer.

Nothing predictable about this movie. You’ll enjoy the journey. Offbeat but meaningful. A real gem.

Ayesha's avatar

A beautiful mind.

Bellatrix's avatar

My Brilliant Career

filmfann's avatar

@Buttonstc Paddy Chayefsky is a fine writer, but Being There was a book first, written by Jerzy Kosinski. He should get the credit.

Buttonstc's avatar


You’re absolutely right, of course, and I belatedly realized it after the edit time had passed. I figured someone sharp would pick up on it.congrats.

Are you a fan of the movie ? I watch it whenever I chance upon it on one channel or another. Unfortunately that’s not that often for a movie of this quality.

I very seldom watch movies more than once. But this one is on the short list for me.

filmfann's avatar

I love this movie for many reasons, but mostly for the way my Dad loved it, mostly.
My Dad took my sisters to the movies, and saw “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, while my Mom had a baby shower when she was pregnant with me.
He didn’t go to the movies again for 22 years.
22 years later, I talked him into going to the movies again, to see “Star Wars”. He hated it.
He threatened to not go to the movies again for another 22 years.
I realized I screwed up on the recommendation. I told him to give it one more chance, and recommended “Being There”. He loved it, and went again.

Buttonstc's avatar

Awww. That’s cute.

And yeah, Star Wars for your Dad. What on earth were you smoking ? I’m a sci-fi fan and I didn’t even think it was that great. Call me crazy, but…...

I’ve def. seen better.


filmfann's avatar

Well, that was 1977 and you had to be there.
When that first image of the Empire’s destroyer comes over the top of the screen, in 1977 just about everyone shit their pants. It was that good.

Buttonstc's avatar

Yes. The special effects were state of the art (and actually raised the state of the art) so I grant you that unquestionably.

The rest? Meh.

But the SFX made everything else pale in comparison IMHO. And it was pretty pale to begin with :)

By comparison, THX 38, Logan’s Run and Clockwork Orange weren’t all that in the FX Dept but are still cited today. Why?

Concept. Acting. Extremely thought provoking premise and unique. Clockwork Orange wasn’t great shakes for whiz bang FX but you still remember certain scenes as vividly as if you’d seen them yesterday. Just great filmmaking (acting and directing) period.

Even today, I just loves me some Malcolm McDowell and will go to watch any film he’s in simply because his name is listed.

The guy who played Luke Skywalker, ehhh….not really. I’m even drawing a blank on his real name as I type. Honestly. But it’s close to beddy-bye for me, so maybe that has something to do with it :)

Buttonstc's avatar

Sorry. It’s THX 1138.

I am SO bad with remembering numbers. Pathetic.

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